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Nas – Life is Good – Motivational Review

Great beats, great rhymes, good messages = the formula for a GREAT CD

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I feel like Nas laid it all on the line with this CD… The title alone “Life is Good” is motivational. I always say Life is Good don’t let anybody tell you any different.  This CD is honest, introspective, and inspirational.  Many (including me) felt that Nas was past his prime lyrically.  Yep I was completely wrong!  On LIG he is as sharp as he ever was.

The thing is when I do reviews I try to find motivational nuggets on a CD and highlight those.  Typically you only have a couple of songs if that unless you’re reviewing a gospel/Christian project.  With LIG there are so many good ones.

On the song no introduction he talks about his life, his marriage and his mistakes…

Accident Murderers is where he talks about people innocent victims of violence by cowards.  Production is excellent.

Daughters is just an honest song from a father who obviously loves his child but admits he is not perfect.

Summer on Smash is a feel good song about the joys of summer.  Good summer song.

Nas’ song with Amy Winehouse, Cherry Wine is special.  Listening to how great this song sounds kind of makes you sad that she had to leave us.  Good song that inspires us to find our true soul mates.

Bye Baby is inspirational only for the fact that Nas is transparent and honest.  He chronicles his marriage to Kelis.  He does it in a very positive way…

Overall I think this will go down as one of Nas’ best releases.  Life is good can be found on iTunes, amazon (see link below).  I copped the deluxe edition at best buy.

http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Version-Explicit-digital-booklet/dp/B008HYUO4S/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342629543&sr=301-2

 

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Mary J Blige My Life II… The Journey Continues – Motivational Review

Motivational Review

Mary J Blige – My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)

Let me first say that the original My Life is my favorite Mary J album hands down.  It was her second cd and had so much emotion in it.  So to do a part 2 after 15 years is a bold move.  She has grown as an artist and a person since then and she runs the risk of not being able to recreate the magic of the original My Life.  The original My Life was very inspirational.  The title track My Life makes me feel strong emotion even until this day.  If you ever had to struggle or go through difficult times to get somewhere then you can relate.  The original also had a strong hip hop influence with the interludes with some of the best hip hop artists at the time (Keith Murray etc.)  Sequels rarely live up to greatness of the originals and this CD is no exception.  Having said that, I did find some great inspiration on this album.  Here are some of my highlights.

Feel Inside is a cool song and frankly is a feel good track.  Me being a hip hop dude I can appreciate the legendary Nas.  This track is just fun.  Content wise she is just trying to be happy in the relationship and she’s telling him how she “feels inside”.  This is a good back and forth between her and Nas.

 

All of my other favorites that have motivational value are all bonus tracks.

You Want This is another feel good favorite.

This Love is For You is a good song and should be a theme song for good people who have great relationships.  This is a bouncy track produced by Tricky Stewart.  I think this is probably my favorite.  Wanna dedicate this to somebody special?  You might wanna do that when you hear this one.

 

While not in love with the song One Life, I’m def in love with the words and message behind the song!  I personally feel like with only one life to live we have to give our best effort everyday.

All in all ML2 is a dope album.  Very motivational.  While I didn’t highlight them she has some cool songs with other artists like Drake and Rick Ross as well.

Click the link below to purchase on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/II-Journey-Continues-Digital-Booklet/dp/B0065XYF1Q/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322419062&sr=301-2

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